Here we are, 19 January 2021—the last day of basking in liberty before Biden the Usurper assumes the throne. For all his personal foibles and occasional missed opportunities (while acknowledging, of course, his many achievements), President Trump at least fought to ensure that Americans could enjoy freedom and opportunity. Under progressive rule, no such guarantees exist.
But rather than look about gloomily at what is to come, I’d like to offer some words of exhortation. Times will not be easy for conservatives and Christians over the next four years, but I’m trying to embrace this new progressive era with some cautious, small-scale optimism.
As such, we need to begin planning and preparing for the worst immediately. Indeed, many Americans have already done so, and I’ve spoken with many conservatives who believe the worst is yet to come.
Aside from stockpiling and gardening—and generally moving towards greater degrees of self-sufficiency—one important aspect to consider is community building. By that I do not mean the kind of Leftist, Obama Era pabulum in which we’re all “community organizers” mobilizing nihilistic welfare queens into a low-information progressive voting bloc. Rather, I mean genuine community building—the formation of those multitudinous, invisible bonds that bind a people together.
Doing so may very well be the most important step Christians, conservatives, and traditionalists can take to survive for the long-term.
One of the more interesting developments in conservatism since Trump’s rise in 2015-2016 has been a reevaluation of our basic economic policy. Much of the ideas debated originated, in our modern political era, with Pat Buchanan. For decades, the assumption among conservatism was that economic efficiency was the highest good, as it lowered costs and eliminated or reduced government overreach.
That was a reasonable set of assumptions when our nation shared a common culture, and when the United States dominated global markets hegemonically. But the goal of reducing the size of government morphed pathologically into the mad worship of Efficiency above all else. We sold out social capital—stable families, cohesive communities, robust civil society—for quick cash.
That’s the gist of Z-Man’s post today, “Middle-Man Conservatism.” Tucker Carlson has similarly touched upon the woeful consequences of worshiping Efficiency-for-its-own-sake. Sure, Americans possess a pioneering spirit—we’ll move to the oil fields in North Dakota if we have to do so—but we’re still motivated by the same things other humans are: family, community, belonging. Gutting our communities to save fifty bucks on a washing machine is a ludicrous trade-off.
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So I was thrilled to read an interesting Quoraanswer to a question about the scale of the Solar System that combined easily digestible math with a statewide Solar System project. The question, paraphrased, is thus: if Earth were the size of a golf ball, how big would the Solar System, etc., be?